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Costs and Benefits of Foreign Study

that prices have fallen by two pesos per kilo. The day after there is a rash of social amnesia and nobody talks about prices any more. So life goes on in this sprawling archipelago with hurricanes, deluge and the deceptions of politicians. But the future for the country looks murky. The country has lost its zest and elan, with the corrupt and debauched leadership entrenched for so long. The memories of their great heroes, Jose Rizal and Manual Roxas, are fading. Slavery may have overtly gone but the scars left by different conquerors have eaten deep into the vitals of national pride and identity. It is slowly sinking into the psyche of the people that geographic independence is not a correlate of freedom from want and decent livelihood with honour and dignity. And in that state of mind, they hear the voices of their consanguineous fraternity in not-too-far-away Hawaii which enjoys affluence and freedom from the tyranny of their fellow countrymen. What is wrong being one more state in a federal polity, the United States of America, which grows by acquisition? The Philippines one day may simply drop out of cartogram as a nation state, though its name may continue to retain the three Ps but with different connotations

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